Monday’s Big Idea
Today's Big Idea: The Dark Side of Technology
Famous war photographer, James Nachtwey said that "as man has become increasingly civilized, his means of destroying his fellow man have become ever more efficient, cruel and devastating."
This is true of technological advances that abet bioterrorism and cyber warfare. Gone are the days when the biggest threat to civilization is the launch of a nuclear warhead. Now, a few keystrokes means a hacker can spy on, infect and sabotage the cyber systems of individuals, companies and governments.
So what does this mean for ordinary citizens? The same technology that enhances our lives is also posing a threat to us. Over the last few years, cyberattacks have evolved from being Internet-based, to now being flash-memory-based, mobile phone and tablet based, off-network-based, QR Codes in GroupOn, Twitter, and Facebook as well as ads in the newspapers, game-playing device-based, and in tiny url's and location software used in many social networks.
Studies show that the United States is not ready to defend itself against a major cyberattack. This comes as no surprise, as it is hard to fight an enemy that cannot be confronted face to face, but rather exists in a remote location. Still, every country must lay down a better foundation that includes cyber crime laws and cooperation with the private sector in order to protect people from this increasingly complex form of terrorism.